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Christian, Chris - 1977 Chance

ARTIST: Christian, Chris
ALBUM: Chance
LABEL: Myrrh
YEAR: 1977
CD REISSUE: 2000, Orchard Records


LINEUP: Chris Christian - lead vocals, keyboards, guitars

Additional Musicians: unknown

TRACK LISTING: 01 Now I See The Man * 02 Satisfaction Guaranteed * 03 Passing Through * 04 Please, Please * 05 From The Start * 06 Sail On * 07 Lonely Man * 08 The World Is A Jungle * 09 Second Chance * 10 First Morning In Heaven

Of course it's not his real name. Indeed, that would be just a little too predestined for comfort as well as a tad creepy if you ask me, but many of you Westcoast softies will remember Lon Christian Smith a.k.a Chris Christian and his 1982 self titled album on the Boardwalk label. That album which produced the top 40 hit 'I Want You, I Need You' was a one-off shot at the secular market after becoming a top dog songsmith for people like Amy Grant, The Imperials, BJ Thomas, The Carpenters and a bloated cat named Elvis Presley. Since then, Christian has won four Grammy's and become quite the entrepreneur forming his own imprint Home Sweet Home Records and later CC Entertainment - a media company which cranks out jingles and all sorts of good stuff for the evil corporate world at an astonishing level.

The Songs
Like Michael Omartian, Christian is credited for coming up with the blueprint for the '80s CCM scene, pulling the dusty brown boot straps of the hippie influenced 'Jesus Rock' movement into the colourful world of slick production and pop rock hooks, shadowing the secular AOR market at every turn while paving the platinum highway for the likes of Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith and hundreds of imitators. 'Chance' is Christian's second album and is everything you'd expect from the artist, nothing too overwhelming or heavy. In fact, a few of these tunes would later appear on The Imperials 'Sail On' and 'Heed The Call' albums and there are a couple highlights which just happen to be the first two songs on the 'A' side. 'Now I See The Man' which at times, it you listen hard enough will bring to mind early White Heart and the orchestral ballad 'Satisfaction Guaranteed' that's sweetly heart felt to say the least. The rest of the album with its glossy for 1977 production values, washes over you like a bland vintage with very little aftertaste and zero threat of a hangover, much like Joey Scarbury's 'America's Greatest Hero' or any early Jim Photoglo album.

In Summary
Christian's follow-up 1979's 'With Your Love' went the pop disco route and all his albums are worth checking out although these days he clearly prefers to produce and write for others while wheeling and dealing in the entertainment industry.

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#1 | dangerzone on September 11 2010 14:04:17
His 1981 album is an AOR masterpiece in my opinion.

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